Willamette Valley | Dundee Hills

2018 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay

The cooler growing season graced us with crisp, balanced Chardonnay with a beautiful mouthful of stone fruits. Aromas of lemon curd and apricot fill the glass while hints of honeydew and vanilla dance through the wine. A mouth coating burst of tropical citrus fruits and firm acidity is nicely balanced with silky overtones of honeycomb and sugar cane.

FAMILY SERIES

Estate Grown

LIVE Certified

Salmon Safe

Tech Sheet
Appellation: Dundee Hills
Soil: Jory – red volcanic: drains well during winter; holds water during summer heat.
Alcohol: 13.8%
pH: 3.31
Oak: French, 28% New; 11 months in barrel
TA: 6.4 g/L
Cases: 225

map of knudsen vineyards illustrating the various vineyard blocks by grape variety25% | Block 26
Elevation | 725-760
Rootstock | 3309
Year Planted | 1995
Exposure | SE
Clone | CH76
Spacing | 5×3

25% | Block 27
Elevation | 710-760
Rootstock | 3309
Year Planted | 1995
Exposure | SE
Clone | CH95
Spacing |  5×3.3

25% | Block 28
Rootstock | 3309
Clone | CH96
Plated | 1993
Elevation | 690-740 ft
Exposure | SE
Spacing | 7.5×4 ft

25% | Block 29 
Rootstock | 3309
Clone | CH96
Plated | 1993
Elevation | 650-710 ft
Exposure | SE
Spacing | 7.5×4 ft

The 2018 growing season was nearly ideal. The spring was relatively mild, the summer was hot and dry and then it cooled a bit the second half of August and into September. Harvest commenced in early September and lasted through the end of the month, a relatively long harvest season. The yield was lower than last year while quality was consistently high. Also, because of the cooler late growing season, the grapes had considerable hangtime to achieve optimal physiological ripeness before picking.